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2016-2017 Academic Catalog (Jan 2017) 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog (Jan 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Audiology, AuD

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Program Objectives

The AuD Program is clinically oriented with primary emphasis on academic and practical experience with normal and disordered hearing. The program fosters development of individuals seeking professional careers in clinical practice in audiology and provides a well-rounded academic and clinical training experience. This program is designed for students to meet the academic and practicum requirements for clinical certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) upon graduation.


The AuD degree program in Audiology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. (Latest accreditation period: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2022.)

Admissions and Selection

The UTHSC program in Audiology utilizes the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders  Centralized  Application  Service  (CSDCAS). Prospective  applicants may apply by accessing the Audiology Applicant website at https://portal.csdcas.org/.

Requirements for Admission

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the Bachelor’s degree
  3. A satisfactory score on the Verbal and Quantitative scales of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. Three letters of recommendation preferably completed by 3 professors who had the student in class.
  5. A personal statement of intent.
  6. Foreign  applicants  whose  native  language  is  not  English  must  submit  results  of  TOEFL with a minimum score of 550.

Applicants who accept an offer of admission will be required to complete the UTHSC Pre-Admissions Requirement System (PARS).

Transfer of Credit

A maximum of 30 semester hours of graduate-level academic work and 9 semester hours of clinical practicum taken at the graduate level required for the Doctor of Audiology degree may be transferred from work completed at an ASHA CAA accredited institution.  Such work must have been taken for graduate credit and passed with a grade of B or better and be part of an otherwise satisfactory graduate program. Official transcripts must be received by the Chair of the Department directly from the appropriate institutions before any transfer of credit will be approved. All transfer hours must be approved by the Department and then entered into the transcript by the Registrar’s office

Health Requirements

Audiology students are required to show proof of current health insurance prior to enrollment. Students are required to be immunized against the Hepatitis B virus and to have an annual skin test for Tuberculosis. Information about meeting these requirements is presented via email prior to the first day of class and, again, during orientation. Some clinical education sites require affiliating audiology students to have one or more of the following: rubella titer or vaccine, general physical examination. Students are responsible for these costs.

Technical Standards

Audiology students must have or acquire certain essential skills, functions, and professional attitudes and behavior as described in the Technical Standards document. All students who enroll must be prepared to understand and abide by these requirements. Information about meeting these requirements is presented during orientation.

In order to acquire the knowledge and skills requisite to the practice of audiology or speech-language pathology, to function in a broad variety of clinical situations, and to render a wide spectrum of patient care, individuals must have skills and attributes in five areas: communication, motor, intellectual-cognitive sensory-observational, and behavioral-social. These skills enable a student to meet graduate and professional requirements as measured by state licensure and national certification. Many of these skills can be learned and developed during the course of the graduate program through coursework and clinical experience. The starred items (*), however, are skills that are more inherent and should be present when a student begins the program.


A student must possess adequate communication skills to:

  • Communicate proficiently in both oral and written English language. (Language to be determined by program.)*
  • Possess reading and writing skills sufficient to meet curricular and clinical demands.*
  • Perceive and demonstrate appropriate non-verbal communication for culture and context.*
  • Modify communication style to meet the communication needs of clients, caregivers, and other persons served. *
  • Communicate professionally and intelligibly with patients, colleagues, other healthcare professionals, and community or professional groups.
  • Communicate professionally, effectively, and legibly on patient documentation, reports, and scholarly papers required as a part of course work and professional practice.
  • Convey professional information accurately with relevance and cultural sensitivity.


A student must possess adequate motor skills to:

  • Sustain necessary physical activity level in required classroom and clinical activities.*
  • Respond quickly to provide a safe environment for clients in emergency situations including fire, choking, etc.*
  • Access transportation to clinical and academic placements.*
  • Participate in classroom and clinical activities for the defined workday.*
  • Efficiently manipulate testing and treatment environment and materials without violation of testing protocol and with best therapeutic practice.
  • Manipulate patient-utilized equipment (e.g. durable medical equipment to include AAC devices, hearing aids, etc.) in a safe manner.
  • Access technology for clinical management (i.e. billing, charting, therapy programs, etc.).


A student must possess adequate intellectual and cognitive skills to:

  • Comprehend, retain, integrate, synthesize, infer, evaluate and apply written and verbal information sufficient to meet curricular and clinical demands.*
  • Identify significant findings from history, evaluation, and data to formulate a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
  • Solve problems, reason, and make sound clinical judgments in patient assessment, diagnostic and therapeutic plan and implementation.
  • Self-evaluate, identify, and communicate limits of one’s own knowledge and skill to appropriate professional level and be able to identify and utilize resources in order to increase knowledge.
  • Utilize detailed written and verbal instruction in order to make unique and independent decisions


A student must possess adequate sensory skills of vision, hearing, tactile, and smell to:

  • Visually and auditorily identify normal and disordered communication in all areas relevant to professional practice.
  • Identify the need for alternative modalities of communication.
  • Visualize and identify anatomic structures.
  • Identify and discriminate findings on imaging studies.
  • Discriminate text, numbers, tables, and graphs associated with diagnostic instruments and tests.
  • Recognize when a client’s family does or does not understand the clinician’s written and or verbal communication.


A student must possess adequate behavioral and social attributes to:

  • Display mature empathetic and effective professional relationships by exhibiting compassion, integrity, and concern for others.*
  • Recognize and show respect for individuals with disabilities and for individuals of different ages, genders, race, religions, sexual orientation, and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.*
  • Conduct oneself in an ethical and legal manner, upholding the ASHA Code of Ethics and university and federal privacy policies.*
  • Maintain general good physical and mental health and self-care in order not to jeopardize the health and safety of self and others in the academic and clinical setting.*
  • Adapt to changing and demanding environments (which includes maintaining both professional demeanor and emotional health).
  • Manage the use of time effectively to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic time constraints.
  • Accept appropriate suggestions and constructive criticism and respond by modification of behaviors.
  • Dress appropriately and professionally.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check is required after acceptance and prior to enrollment. Upon receipt of an adverse criminal background check, an explanation by the student will be required and a decision will be made by the Chair and Dean as to whether the incident(s) would be a problem for the student when seeking internship placements or licensure to practice. Students should be aware that additional criminal background checks along with drug screens and fingerprinting may be required by clinical sites, certification committees, and state licensure boards. Adverse findings on a criminal background check may lead to a withdrawal of the offer of admission or denial of access to a clinical training site. Students are responsible for these costs.

Curriculum Summary

The AuD program is designed for full-time students and typically requires three years of study on campus and one year of clinical externship, for a total of four years. Core courses are offered one time per year. Elective/Supplementary courses are offered as needed. Clinical practicum experiences (e.g., ASP 512 - Clinical Practice in Audiology , ASP 515 - Practicum in Aural Rehabilitation , ASP 613 Externship in Audiology ) and directed research or independent study courses (e.g., ASP 656 Directed Research ASP 658 Directed Study in Audiology , ASP 660 Directed Study in Hearing Science ) are offered every term.


Qualifying exams taken at the beginning of the term

Third Year (Summer)

Fourth Year (Fall)

Fourth Year (Spring)

Minimum of 112 credit hours required

AuD Grading Scale

Academic Coursework
A = > 0.90
B+ => 0.86 & < 0.90
B = > 0.80 & < 0.86
C+ = > 0.76 & < 0.80
C = > 0.70 & < 0.76
D = > 0.60 & < 0.70

Clinical Practicum

A > 94%                 Consistently Outstanding
B = 86 to 93.49%   Satisfactory and occasionally outstanding
C = 78 to 85.49%   Marginal
D = 70 to 77.49%   Unsatisfactory
F < 70%                  Failure

Information about grading for incompletes and withdrawals in covered in the general college section of the catalog. Students should reference this information about grade assignments in these situations.


The following requirements must be satisfied to earn the degree of Doctor of Audiology:

  1. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 112 semester credit hours of work, which must include 70 hours of academic courses, and 42 hours in clinical courses.
  2. Grades of “B” or above are required in all content area coursework, with rare exception.
  3. A grade of C in any class or clinical placement is not acceptable and will result in placing the student on probation.  Grades of C in more than one semester will likely result in dismissal from the program.
  4. Grades below “C” in any course or practicum will likely result in immediate dismissal from the program.
  5. Satisfactory completion (“Pass”) of a qualifying exam.
  6. Satisfactory completion (“Pass”) of a comprehensive exam is required prior to graduation.
  7. Students must discharge all financial obligations to the University and remove all deficiencies documented by the Registrar.
  8. Students planning to practice in the United States also must pass all Knowledge and Skills (KASA) competencies prior to graduation.

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